Police imposter jailed for series of burglaries

15/03/2016

A 38-year-old man, who pretended to be a plain clothes police officer and stole cash from older homeowners, has today jailed for five years and four months after he pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how over a three month period between July 2015 and October 2015, Jason Fellows cold called on homeowners in south Birmingham.

He targeted the elderly who had either been the victims of a recent break-in or where a burglary had taken place nearby.

Once Fellows had identified his victim, he would knock on their door, introduce himself as a plain clothed police officer and ask to be shown around their home to check on their valuables. During this time, the defendant would then steal cash from the victims.

At one of the victim's homes, a partially smoked rolled-up cigarette was recovered by the police. The DNA on this matched that of Fellows who was later arrested and charged.

Douglas Marshall, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Jason Fellows deliberately targeted the elderly in order to gain access to their homes under the ruse of being a plain clothed police officer.

"Once he gained access to their homes, he took this opportunity to steal money from them.

"Targeting someone because they are older makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that together we bring these people to justice - whether they be strangers, carers or family members.

"We would like to take this opportunity of reminding all homeowners to stay vigilant at all times when answering the door to strangers and always check their identification before letting them into your home."